In Summary
  • Commission says it has revoked the promotions Knut members had earned since July 2017 after losing a court case on July 12.
  • Some 103,624 senior teachers and school administrators, who are affiliated to Knut, last week received salaries without an eagerly anticipated third phase payment of the Sh54 billion CBA signed in 2016. The final payment is expected at the end of July 2021.

  • TSC declined to collect and remit more than Sh135 million on behalf of the Knut national office for July.

The Teachers Service Commission has explained its decision to lock out senior tutors and administrators who are members of the Kenya National Union of Teachers from a pay increment.

The commission said it also revoked the promotions Knut members had earned since July 1, 2017 and will take steps to recover the “erroneous payments” advanced to the teachers since then under the collective bargaining agreement.

PARALLEL PAYROLLS

The development follows TSC’s losing of its own case at the Employment and Labour Relations Court on July 12. It says unless the judgement is overturned, the affected teachers will also miss out on another huge pay rise slated for July next year.

Some 103,624 senior teachers and school administrators, who are affiliated to Knut, last week received salaries without an eagerly anticipated third phase payment of the Sh54 billion CBA signed in 2016. The final payment is expected at the end of July 2021. Teachers in lower cadres, who are the majority, were not affected as they were not beneficiaries of the third phase payments. They will, however, be worried if the employer goes ahead to implement the changes, as they stand to benefit from Phase 4 of the payment plan.

“In order to comply with this order, without disadvantaging teachers who are not Knut members, TSC has been forced to run two parallel payrolls,” a statement signed by Ms Rita Wahome, on behalf of the chief executive Nancy Macharia, reads.

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